Event number 298 Run report
Words by Emily Craggs
Pictures by Richard Hallam-Baker
Published by Jo Greenwood
Five years ago I started Woodley parkrun and it changed my life forever... it gave me a reason to do regular physical activity, got me involved in volunteering and I’ve made friends I’ll keep for life as well as those who I know will be there for a chat on a Saturday morning.
Today, Macmillan Cancer Support were at Woodford Park sharing their Rehabilitation Programme. From what I can see, their aims to empower people living with and beyond cancer to: take back control, boost their confidence and aid recovery aren’t far off what parkrun has done for me. And it was great to see Macmillan supporting people to make their first step on a parkrun journey today.
Along with those supported by Macmillan, there were 32 first timers who were a mix of parkrun first timers and tourists - which included those from Woking and Runcorn. Welcome to all of you and see you again very soon.
Leading the way today was someone who has recently returned to his parkrun journey after a lengthy injury, James Craggs. 385 parkrunners followed behind him including 37 juniors. Of these participants, a whopping 86 achieved shiny new pbs. Sadly that is too many to mention personally but they include; junior Thomas Lunn (finishing in 2nd place and running his 9th pb in his last 11 runs), Joanna Thorn (running under 30 minutes for the first time with a fantastic 29:24), junior Zachery Bowles (running a minute and a half pb), junior Ben Thurlow (running under 20 minutes for the first time, knocking nearly a minute off his previous pb in an incredible 19:33), Charlotte Miller (who has run a new pb at every one of her parkruns) and James Thackray (on his 100th parkrun achieving a Woodley pb after setting his previous pb 4 years ago).
James wasn’t the only parkrunner running his 100th parkrun as he was joined by Stephanie Karen Bird. Huge congratulations to you both along with junior runner Amelia Abbott running her 10th parkrun.
In a couple of weeks' time, on 26th May, Woodley parkrun is celebrating a milestone of its own- its 300th parkrun! To celebrate, Woodley parkrun is inviting you to show how far you have come since you started your own parkrun journey by wearing an event t-shirt, a parkrun milestone t-shirt
As us current parkrunners are celebrating how far we have come at the 300th event, wouldn’t it be great if we were to invite our non parkrunning friends to begin their parkrun journey (be that walking, jogging, running or volunteering). And whilst encouraging others, if you know anyone who might benefit from the Macmillan Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation Programme or their Move More programme (helping people before, during and after cancer treatment take part in physical activity from gardening to a sport) the team can be contacted on 01344 662 909 or fphtr.BerkshireCancerRehab@nhs.net
A huge thanks as always to all the 27 volunteers that made Woodley parkrun number 298 possible. To become a volunteering hi-vis hero yourself send the volunteer coordinator an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
This week's stats
This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:
Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • John Paul YOUNG • Graham SEWELL • Joanna GREENWOOD • Adrian Nicholas BLAKEY • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Andy BEST • Chris DREW • Alan THOMAS • Eva SIMMONS • Emily CRAGGS • Richard HALLAM-BAKER • Lynda HASKINS • Tim LOWE • Jessica DOLAN • Gerry LEONIDAS • Debbie KING • Tina SAUNDERS • Harrison SEWELL • Martyn ALLEN • Jennie JENNINGS • Meggie CUMINI • Laura MCNALLY • Rob THOMPSON • Oliver HURST • Sarah BATE
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,325 participants have completed 72,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 362,845 km, inc